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Safekeeping: the act of keeping safe or the state of being kept safe; protection; care; custody.
I’ve spent the last year exploring the desire to protect that which is, or is perceived to be, vulnerable or sacred. As a mother to three young children I am present not only to the maternal urge to lock away the sensuality of a young girl or the exposed emotions of an adolescent boy, but also that they, like all humans, have feelings, secrets, treasures, and relationships that are for safekeeping. Innocence, love, memories… even the earth itself is vulnerable. With this project, I am examining what we want to protect, how we do that and when it is simply impossible. I love exploring this idea with the camera, given that a photograph is, in and of itself, safekeeping: holding a parcel of time.
I work in medium format black and white film, which I process myself. I print each image in a traditional wet darkroom on 16X20 fibre based paper, which I then tone in tea and selenium.